Zakzaky: Ill-health stops Shiites leader from appearing in court for trial

Zakzaky: Ill-health stops Shiites leader from appearing in court for trial

Shiites leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El- Zakzaky failed to appear in court for the continuation of his trial by the Nigerian government. Consequently, the court in Kaduna state adjourned the trial of Zakzaky and his wife, citing their illness.

This development was further confirmed by the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC).

The Commission disclosed that Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and his wife Zeenat; had been scheduled to attend the court on Thursday February 6th 2020. However, it stated that they failed to make it to court due to their illness.

Therefore, the judge, Gideon Kurada adjourned the trail to February 24 and 25. This was at the request of the human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), counsel to the incarcerated Shiites leader.

Meanwhile, Falana told reporters that Zakzaky and his wife will attend the court next time if their health improves.

As a matter of fact, Zakzaky has been in detention since December 2015. He was arrested after his residence in the city of Zaria was raided by the Nigerian military; following a violent confrontation between members of the IMN and the military.


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Despite court orders, Shiites leader, Zakzaky, still in captivity since December 2015

The IMN claims that Zakzaky suffered indignities in the process of being arrested; noting that the respected cleric was beaten and lost vision in his left eye. Also, the IMN claims that three of his sons were also killed during the arrest. Further, it held that his wife sustained serious wounds, and more than 300 of his followers were killed.

1st News can report that Zakzaky is being prosecuted by the Nigerian government for a number of offences. He was charged in April 2018 with murder, culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, disruption of public peace, among other accusations. However, the Shiites leader has pleaded not guilty, even as he vehemently rejected all accusations brought up against him.

In 2016, a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the unconditional release of Zakzaky from jail following a trial. However, the Nigerian government has so far refused to set him free.

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